Blog, PhD

Lessons from a Procrastinator

Spongebob Squarepants Procrastination from QuickMeme "There's no way I can do this," I thought to myself as I nervously got ready for my first class at Indiana University's Luddy School of Informatics. "I can't believe it's really happening. I'm gonna be a PhD student!" I'm 38 years old, and it's been 16 years since I… Continue reading Lessons from a Procrastinator

Blog, In the News

Look Lymies! We’ve gone viral… ;)

Wouldn't that be such a strange twist of fate if these silly memes that are coming from the COVID pandemic bring more attention to Lyme Disease, and from that attention everything Lyme-related gets an extra oomph of the push we need to improve treatment options, insurance coverage, testing, and increase support for Lyme's financial, physical… Continue reading Look Lymies! We’ve gone viral… 😉


Letter to the Editor: The Screamer

This is not related to my illness, but it’s another issue plaguing the neighborhood I live in – which adds to my daily stress levels, which probably do affect my overall health. But still – the residents of my neighborhood are suffering and need help.

Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon

Is it possible to live on the sidewalk for years and still maintain your health?  Not just maintain but thrive? There is a man who has made his home on the sidewalk in our neighborhood for at least the last ten years, under the awning of Europa Express at 750 La Playa Street.
We call him the Screamer but some locals refer to him as Marco.  With no tent or sleeping bag, and only the occasional blanket over his shoulders to protect against the night chill, he is a constant presence. Not only does he live on the sidewalk, in only the clothes he’s wearing, but he can sit cross-legged in the one spot for the entire night. I will see him there at 5 in the afternoon, at 9 before I retire, at 1 a.m. when I’m up during the night, and he is still there at 6…

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Had my first Grand Mal Seizure. Whoa… didn’t see that one coming!

Earlier this week I was playing a board game with my husband, and suddenly there were paramedics helping me into an ambulance. I've had a lot of fainting and partial seizures because of my POTS syndrome (also called "the fainting disease)" that I developed as a complication from Neuro Lyme. But those are really fast,… Continue reading Had my first Grand Mal Seizure. Whoa… didn’t see that one coming!


Entering the world of Chinese Herbs

I have officially begun my first experience with Chinese herbs as another protocol for my Lyme treatment. I've obviously heard about Chinese herbs and Chinese medicine before, but I've never tried it myself and honestly felt deep down like it was a little "hokey". My illness and treatment is also already a full-time job to… Continue reading Entering the world of Chinese Herbs

Blog, The Lyme Survival Guide

Just got my Infrared Sauna for Lyme Detox!

Both my Lyme Doctor and my Psychiatrist/Naturopath have been telling me for months now that I need to start adding an Infrared (IR) Sauna to my routine to help boost my detox protocol. The problem is most days (due to nausea or pain or whatever) I can barely get out to go to the grocery… Continue reading Just got my Infrared Sauna for Lyme Detox!